The Naked & Nude Art Prize®

(Previously the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude)

Read about the history of the Art Prize here

 Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021

Entries have now closed.
Finalists will be announced on 16 July 2021

Click here for the Art Prize Terms and Conditions.

Michelle Hawkins wins the Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019
People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Michelle Hawkins winner of the $1,000 People’s Choice Award for her work ‘Kate’.

Laura Matthews wins the
Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019

Congratulations to Laura Matthews winner of the $30,000 Naked & Nude Art Prize® 2019, with her work ‘Sea Creatures’.

Judge Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW made these comments about the winning work:

“This beautifully composed painting may be a landscape (or seascape) but it is one that pivots around the formation of the two female figures. Their connection to each other and to their beach setting is the true subject of the work. Despite the agitated surface texture of this painting; one that encapsulates the perpetual motion of the ocean setting, the work exudes a great sense of calm and intimacy. The figures here do indeed appear as ‘sea creatures’ as they are drawn into their environment, and lead us, as viewers, in with them. What small detail, we wonder, that has caught their attention on the shore?

The painting is ultimately such a successful one as it is charged with a strong sense of the physicality of the figures and the human connection between them and their environment.”

You can view the 2019 catalogue of finalists here.

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019
Gala Opening

The Gala Opening of the Naked & Nude Art Prize® 2019 will be at 6:30 PM be on 7 September 2019 at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. You can but tickets at the door on the night, at the Gallery during opening hours, or at Eventbrite (click here). You can also buy tickets in Taree at Bass N Blues Music and Margaret’s Underfashions.

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019
Finalists announced

The shortlist of has been revealed for Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019 with 58 artists selected from a record number of entries from artists all over Australia.

The artworks include sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, installation and video – highlighting the diversity of approaches to representation of the human form by contemporary artists in Australia.

The 2019 Finalists are:

Laura Badertscher, Eva Beltran, Matteo Bernasconi, Satu Bushell, Daniel Butterworth, Jodi Clark, Robbie Crane, Gemma Cross, Cam Crossley , Dagmar Cyrulla, Ryan William Daffurn, Jackson Davies, Beverley Davies, Jesse Dayan, Tamara Dean, Jesse Dolman, Ken Done, Olivier Duhamel, Rory Fink, Stefano Flonta, Todd Fuller, Caroline Gibbes, Jessica Guthrie, Rachel  Hannan, Lyn Harrison, Geoff Harvey, Michelle Hawkins, Sally Hook, Vanessa Howells, Julie Hutchings, Zai Kuang, Elena Larkin, Kim Leutwyler, Laura Matthews, Jocelyn Maughan, Joanne Mulcahy-Zubani, , Nathan Paddison, Freyja Palmer, Alice Palmer, Tom Phillips, Anton Piche, Jenny Pollak, James Price, Kate Rae, Jenny Rodgerson, Bruce Rowland, Ben Ryan, Michael Simms, Roger Skinner, Gary Smith, Mark Thompson,  John van der Kolk, Jan Hendrik (Hans) van Weerd, Peter Wegner, Nicole Welch, Leigha White, Ainslie Wright, Caroline Zilinsky.

The winner of the prize will receive $30,000 prize money and the winning artwork becomes part of the Gallery’s collection. The judge for the 2019 award is Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator Australian Art at the Art Gallery NSW, with the winner announced at the Gala Opening event Saturday 7 September 6.30pm.

The popular People’s Choice voting will take place from September 7, 2019, until October 13, 2019, giving locals the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The People’s Choice Award of $1000 will be announced on 15 October 2019.

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019
Judge announced

Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery are pleased to announce that Denise Mimmocchi,
Senior Curator Australian Art at the Art Gallery NSW,
will judge the Naked & Nude Art Prize® 2019

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019

Entries have now closed
Entrants whose artwork has been selected will be notified on Friday 26 July 2019

View the Terms and Conditions for entering the
Naked & Nude Art Prize® 2019

“Naked & Nude refers to two things: firstly the great tradition of the Nude: a person who is bare with no covering or decoration.

Secondly, a wider definition: something that is revealed, laid bare, unmasked or vulnerable”.

The biennial Naked & Nude Art Prize (previously the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude) commenced in 1990 with entries open to Australian artists. The Art Prize is a partnership between Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery and the Manning Regional Art Gallery. After 29 years, the Naked & Nude Art Prize has become a prestigious national event on the Australian Arts Calendar and is open to artists in a variety of mediums. The lucrative event in 2017 carried a $21,000 prize pool, which has been increased to $31,000 for 2019. The winning entry is acquired by the Friends and donated to the Manning Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Results of the 2017 Art Prize

Melbourne artist Dagmar Cyrulla is the winner of this year’s $16,000 acquisitive Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude for her oil on linen entry titled The phone call IV.

Winners were announced by judge John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, on 2 September at the exhibition’s gala opening at the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

The competition attracted 335 entries, with 60 finalists selected for exhibition.

Mr McDonald said the field of artists was “of a very high standard”.

Second prize of $3000 went to Peter Churcher from Port Douglas for the oil on canvas work titled Kaue.

The Robin Norling Bequest Prize of $1000 was won by Nick Mourtzakis from Collingwood, Victoria for his oil on linen work Cadmium Green.

Highly commendeds were awarded to Zai Kuang from Clayton, Victoria, for the oil on canvas Dry Season; Stephen Bird from Maroubra, NSW, for glazed earthenware Delilah and Samson and Mark Feiler from Brisbane for his archival print on cotton rag AlanaBlu2.

The winner of the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude ‘People’s Choice’ Award is Vicki Sullivan of Victoria. Vicki’s painting, ‘Back Study of Brianna’, proved the firm favourite of visitors to the exhibition and she wins $1,000. Congratulations Vicki!

The 2017 Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude finalists are: Behzad Alipour Karryn Argus Troy Argyros Michael Armstrong Stephen Bird Tracey Buxton Amber Carbury Peter Churcher Jodi Clark Dianne Coulter Nicole Crampton Dagmar Cyrulla Carolyn Davis Nada DeCat Rodney Edelsten Sheridan Elphick Leah Emery Mark Feiler Prudence Flint Guy Gilmour James Guppy James Guppy, Hilary Herrmann Jessica Guthrie Kristin Hardiman Tannya Harricks Geoff Harvey Sally Hook Yvette Hugill Zai Kuang Tatyana Kulida Selway Lampard miriam Loftus Stewart MacFarlane William Maguire Simon Mark Laura Matthews Emma Michaelis Matilda Michell Nick Mourtzakis Kellie Orr Prue Platt-Hepworth Glen Preece Matthew Quick Kate Rae Bruce Rowland Sally Ryan Gria Shead Michael Simms Gary Smith Vicki Sullivan Helga Visser Alex Weltlinger Sally West Leigha White Lucila Zentner